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Nation and Memory in Russia, Poland and Ukraine, 1800 to the present (HI260)


Tutor: Professor Christoph Mick

Office: 366, third floor of the Faculty of Arts Building Building
Phone: 024 765 74691
Office Hours: Thursday, 3 - 4 pm (CAMPUS); Friday, 11 - 12 am (TEAMS) -

Lecture Times 2021/22: Thursday, 1 - 2 pm, OC0.04

Seminar Times 2021/2022: Group 1, Thursday, 2 - 3 pm, MB0.08;
Group 2, Friday, 3 - 4 pm, MS.05

Would you like to understand what is going on in Ukraine today and what is behind the Russian-Ukrainian conflict? Do you want to find out why so many people in the past and present were and are willing to die for their nation? Would you like to know how the Ukrainian, Polish and Russian nations were made? Then this 30 CATS second-year option module is for you. In Autumn Term we will be discussing how Polish, Russian and Ukrainian intellectuals and politicians in the 19th century 'imagined' their nations and how they tried to include the peasantry in the nation. In Spring Term the module concentrates on the 20th century, especially the period of the two World Wars (1914 - 1945) and the period from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present. You will hear about the importance of symbols, history writing and culture for nation building. You will learn how to analyse national operas and folk music, national literature and history paintings. Other important topics are the connections between war and nation and the experience of common suffering. At the end of the year you should have a good knowledge of Ukrainian, Polish and Russian history and current affairs, you should be able to identify different types of nation building and - last but not least - should have learned not to trust historians.

Use of History

Public History

Open Day

Fab Fest

MMW Nationalism

MMW Ukraine